A White Mountain Apache Tribe police officer was killed early Monday morning during a confrontation with a suspect -- who was later shot and killed -- outside a casino in the Pinetop-Lakeside area, which is slightly more than three hours northeast of Phoenix.
The officer was identified as 26-year-old David Kellywood. Officials said he graduated from the police academy in May 2019 and had been on the force for about nine months.
He leaves behind a wife and two young children, officials told reporters during a Monday afternoon press conference.
The suspect was not identified.
Officials said Officer Kellywood and another officer responded to a report of "shots fired" around 1 a.m. near the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino in Pinetop, Arizona.
Kellywood, who was the first officer on scene, found a person matching the suspect description and the man immediately engaged the officer in a physical altercation, officials said. During that altercation, Officer Kellywood was shot.